You read that right! We just threw a baby shower (a “sprinkle” since it is my second) for ourselves themed for Harry Potter! Most of the decorations are DIY, along with mostly homemade food and sweets. Not only did we have a limited budget, but we also had both adults and kids at the shower to entertain.
Saving money on a themed party can be challenging. Thankfully, a friend had a Sillouette and was able to make a few of the decorations (though this is not required, just makes things easier!).
Only a few items are baby shower specific – all others can be used for any Harry Potter themed celebration!
I got most of the inspiration from Pinterest and was able to spend less than $140 on the whole party (14 adults and 10 kids)! The biggest expenses were balloons and a basic cake I ordered but decorated myself. So, cut those out of the plans, and I could have done the party for less than $100. We even had a friend offer to host the party at her house, so we also didn’t have to pay for a venue!
It’s a lot of fun to plan a themed party, just challenging to keep everything within a budget. So, if you are interested in throwing a Harry Potter party (for any occasion), here is what we did:
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We went pretty simple with the decorations, knowing that with a themed party a little can go a long way.
“Welcome Little Muggle” Banner
This banner was made by a friend who owned a Sillouette machine and was inspired by an image on Pinterest here. Most people don’t have a fancy crafting machine, so I suggest downloading the Harry Potter font, and just printing the letters on yellow paper (and go from there).
Apologies for the terrible image! The long-sleeved onesies were amazingly cute. This was also made by my friend with the Sillouette (using iron on words and images cut by her machine). She just bought some onesies and did the rest with her Sillouette and iron (finding images online to use). They were held up with black ribbon and clothes pins.
Invisibility Cloaks Sign
A simple sign telling people to get their invisibility cloaks here (with an arrow pointing to nothing). This was just a simple printout on off-white paper I purchased (just stick it to the wall, nothing else needed). You can get the image here.
I purchased a few bottles with corks at the dollar store, used Sprite or Cream Soda with food coloring to fill them and then printed labels from here (glued onto the bottles). My husband placed some small flashlights behind them (that we had on-hand) to give them a glow, though this was just for fun.
Since there were almost as many kids at the party as there were adults, we chose to go with games that didn’t require everyone to sit around in a circle to play (when can parents sit still when their kids are around?). Reading the answers did require some involvement from the parents, but since all of the games were written on printouts, others could score their answers as needed.
Hogwarts House Quiz
Guests fill out a simple questionnaire to determine their Hogwart’s house (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin – I’m a Ravenclaw!). There are a few of these online so just do a Google search for house quizzes. The one I used that was easy for everyone (including non-Harry Potter fans) is no longer available. Sorry! This quiz was just for fun and did not tie in with the Triwizard Cup (listed below).
What’s On Your Phone
While this isn’t Harry Potter themed, I added a few images I found online to the page before printing. This is a game where people get points for random stuff on their phone (like apps or pictures). I used the text from this Pinterest pin.
American vs British Quiz
This activity asks people to match the American version to the British version of words. This also is not Harry Potter themed, but it turned out to be one of the funniest games that the adults got a kick out of. All the guests did was try to match the British word with the American version (in this party, like nappy to diaper). Apologies to whomever gets the credit for this list on the game – please message me if you know who put it together (happy to update it).
- spit up = posset
- baby carriage = pram
- baby = sprog
- diaper = nappy
- tantrum = wobbly
- fussy = grizzle
- stroller = push chair (pram)????
- bassinet = moses basket
- washcloth = flannel
- nursery = creche
- crib = cot
- newborn clothes = layette
- gas = wind
- baby carrier = papoose
- pacifier = dummy
- nipple = teat
A couple more we didn’t use:
- tired = knackered
- child caretaker = au pair
Guess the Number of Bertie Bots Beans
I filled a large baby bottle piggy bank (I got off of Buy Nothing) with jelly beans and people guessed how many there were. The person that guessed the closest got to take the jelly beans home. I found an image online (google search) of the Bertie Bots logo and just printed it out (and pasted on the bottle).
Pass the Gift
We rewrote this game to be more Harry Potter. This was just for fun and did not tie into the Triwizard Maze at the end (see below).
I just filled a bag with an owl votive candle (with candle) holder I found and some candy – the gift is passed from person to person following the bullet points (like the next person who gets the bag is wearing purple) until someone finally ended up with the gift.
We found a super complicated maze online to use as the “final round” of games. People who scored cumulatively highest in all the other games got a small head start (sound familiar?).
We did do an easier puzzle in case the kids wanted to play. The person that finished the maze the fastest won the dollar store trophy (that I printed out “A Really Real Triwizard Cup” in Harry Potter font and placed on the base of the trophy).
I prepared a total of 9 prizes, not knowing how many ties there would be in the games. The prizes ranged from lotions and soaps I found (each tied into Harry Potter a tiny bit, like a lotion with the word “magic” in the name), small Harry Potter items I found randomly throughout stores (Bertie Bots Beans, surprise character packages, etc) and jars of very colorful assorted candy (with labels I made saying they were from the Hogwarts Express Trolley). The typical thing may be to do gift cards and such, but I wanted these to be fun.
These were by far the biggest hit of the party!
I searched online for wands I could buy for cheap, but nearly everything I found was at least $10 a piece. So, I searched Pinterest for alternatives.
There was a post about how to make wands from chopsticks, a hot glue gun, acrylic paint and sealant. I did not have high hopes on what these would look like when finished, but nobody even guessed they were DIY.
UPDATE! With the leftover wands, I decided to make presents for my nieces and nephews, complete with wand boxes and wand descriptions. I randomly placed the wand descriptions in each box so each child will pick a box and be surprised by the type of wand they get (the wand chooses the wizard, right?!).
I used brown 10x2x2 boxes I found on Etsy (make sure you order boxes that are long enough for the particular wands you have!) filled them with quilting batting, lined with felt ribbon (secured on both long sides with a glue gun), and printed stickers my husband made for the top (Ollivander shop) and wand number for the sides on full page labels (then cut the shapes out by hand).
For the wand descriptions, I pulled random wand cores and wood types to create some unique wands (with the last 3 being wands that match for Harry Potter, Hermione and Ron) and printed them on cream paper. The text used was from Pottermore.com.
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To make these snitches, all you need are some Ferrero Rocher chocolates, a hot glue gun and small wings. My friend with the Sillouette made the wings (thankfully!) but you can make them by hand if needed. I got WAY too many chocolates. NOTE: I used one of the snitches on top of the Quidditch cake. These were inspired by an image on Pinterest here.
This is a super simple recipe. I was able to borrow a punch bowl from a friend, too! You can find the recipe here.
All I did for this was purchase a couple 2-liter bottles of cream soda and printed off labels I taped onto the bottles (I cut off the bottom that listed the ingredients since I didn’t mix anything to save money). Get the labels for free here.
Just get two loaves of french bread and make any type of sandwiches you think are popular. Cut up the french bread (I suggest using toothpicks to hold each sandwich together), arrange as best you can in a spiral, then add a couple olives to the first sandwich and a slice of red pepper for a tongue. This was inspired by a Pinterest image here.
Nimbus 2000 Chocolates
To create these nimbus treats, all you need are some mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and some stick pretzels.
Make sure to use a toothpick to make holes in the PB cups before trying to place the pretzels – I split many of the chocolates before I used the toothpick! The kids especially loved these since they were like lollipops when flipped upside down. This was inspired by a Pinterest image here.
Follow the image on the vegetables you need, a couple small bowls for dip and you have an owl!
I had a friend bring the veggies and dip – don’t be afraid to ask friends and family to help! Chances are if your party or baby shower is themed, some people will jump at the chance to…nerd out I guess. This was inspired by a Pinterest image here.
Mixing the filling was very simple for this recipe (though it was more runny than expected so folding them was more challenging than expected).
They tasted pretty good, but some guests thought they were too sweet (with the butterscotch chips inside). But you can find the recipe here.
This cake was fairly simple to put together since I just ordered the cake from a local store (though you can make it at home – the icing is best as fudge if you are looking for the same look).
I purchased some striped straws and used some binder rings (I had leftover from another project) covered in electrical tape (from our tool box). The snitch was already made from the giveaways! This was inspired by a Pinterest image here.
That’s it! It sure looks like a lot (and it does involve work!), but with a few simple homemade items, you can throw a Harry Potter party without breaking the bank! I hope you enjoyed. Feel free to share other ideas for people or questions you may have in the comments.Please pin this post to save it for later!